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Lot 215: Smith & Wesson Model No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Revolver

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Smith & Wesson Model No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Single Action Revolver with Factory Letter

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Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

Smith & Wesson Model No. 3 Russian 3rd Model Single Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: Russian
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 S&W Russian
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch solid
Finish: nickel
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
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Catalog Page: 197
Class: Antique
Description:

The accompanying factory letter states the revolver was shipped on February 13, 1877 and delivered to M.W. Robinson Co., New York City with a 6 1/2 inch barrel, nickel finish, butt swivel and smooth walnut grips. The barrel rib has the one-line address/patent dates marking ending with "RUSSIAN MODEL." The right grip panel is numbered to the gun. Matching assembly numbers are on the grip frame, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. A true American frontier sidearm, the Model No. 3 Russian 3rd Model revolver was carried by celebrated lawman Pat Garrett and notorious outlaw Charlie Pitts (aka Sam Wells). Provenance: The John Fox Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 80% plus original nickel finish with a few patches of light pitting. 95% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are also very fine with some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A well cared for frontier sidearm that will be a welcomed addition to your growing S&W or American West collection.



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